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Grand Pacific ToursGrand Pacific 11 Day Festive South Island Tour

Spend Christmas Day with an Overnight Cruise on the stunning Milford Sound taking in the spectacular scenery, waterfalls, mountains and wildlife. Enjoy delicious food, time with new friends and create new memories on this 11 Day Festive South Island Tour. Discover the Scottish heritage of Dunedin and witness the rugged Southern Alps of the mighty West Coast.

 New Zealand escorted tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch
 11 days/ 10 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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Walter Peak station, Queenstown, New Zealand
International Antarctic centre, Christchurch

At a glance - Grand Pacific 11 Day Festive South Island Tour

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch. Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 2: Christchurch. Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 3: Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass and Franz Josef. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 4: Franz Josef to Queenstown. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 5: Queenstown. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 6: Queenstown to Milford Sound Overnight Cruise. Accommodation: Milford Mariner

Day 7: Milford Sound to Te Anau. Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau

Day 8: Te Anau to Dunedin. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Day 9: Dunedin. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Day 10: Dunedin to Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch Airport

Day 11: Depart Christchurch.

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Grand Pacific 11 Day Festive South Island Tour - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch

Grand Pacific 11 Day Festive South Island Tour - Day 1

Arrive into Christchurch

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

This 4.5 star hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square. Ideally positioned, only a few minutes walk from the brand new Christchurch Convention Centre.

Meals included: Dinner

Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 2: Christchurch

Grand Pacific 11 Day Festive South Island Tour - Day 2

Christchurch

Today visit the International Antarctic Centre designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. This is followed by an introductory city tour of Christchurch. This afternoon includes a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at your leisure, one of Christchurch's leading attractions. This evening is free to explore the local cuisine.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

This 4.5 star hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square. Ideally positioned, only a few minutes walk from the brand new Christchurch Convention Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast

Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 3: Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass and Franz Josef

Grand Pacific 11 Day Festive South Island Tour - Day 3

Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier

This morning board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel over massive viaducts, river valleys and spectacular gorges as you ascend to Arthur's Pass located in the centre of the Southern Alps. Board your coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before arriving to Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Located in the heart of Franz Josef Village the hotel offers all the amenities you would expect and is close to the shops, restaurants and activities on offer.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 4: Franz Josef to Queenstown

Grand Pacific 11 Day Festive South Island Tour - Day 4

Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown

See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty before arriving into picturesque Queenstown, a year round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

The Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Queenstown Lakefront is conveniently located within walking distance to the centre of Queenstown and just a few minutes stroll from the picturesque Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 5: Queenstown

Grand Pacific 11 Day Festive South Island Tour - Day 5

Queenstown free day with TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Dinner

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist with the many sightseeing options available. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner which the chef will prepare in front of you at the Colonel's Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

The Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Queenstown Lakefront is conveniently located within walking distance to the centre of Queenstown and just a few minutes stroll from the picturesque Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 6: Queenstown to Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

Grand Pacific 11 Day Festive South Island Tour - Day 6

Queenstown to Milford Sound for your overnight cruise

Merry Christmas! This morning take in the stunning scenery and lakeside vistas as the road winds around Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy a short stop in the picturesque township of Te Anau before travelling into the Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. Board the Milford Mariner for your amazing overnight cruise. There is plenty of time to view the fiord's spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife - you're bound to encounter seals and if you're lucky maybe dolphins and penguins. This evening enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner with all the trimmings prepared by the onboard chef.

Your Accommodation: Milford Mariner

On board the Milford Mariner you will cruise the full length of this spectacular fiord to the Tasman Sea before anchoring for the night in sheltered Harrison Cove. After the days activities you enjoy a delicious evening buffet in the spacious saloon before retiring to your private cabin.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Milford Mariner

Day 7: Milford Sound to Te Anau

Grand Pacific 11 Day Festive South Island Tour - Day 7

Milford Sound to Te Anau

Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) to explore more of the fiord. Return back to the wharf to meet your coach and enjoy the scenic drive to Te Anau. This afternoon cruise across Lake Te Anau to visit the Glow Worm Caves where you will admire the incredible limestone caverns, waterfalls and mystery of the Glow Worm Grotto.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau

The perfect base for all your Fiordland travel, Distinction Luxmore Hotel provides comfortable accommodation right in the heart of Te Anau.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau

Day 8: Te Anau to Dunedin

Grand Pacific 11 Day Festive South Island Tour - Day 8

Te Anau to Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin. After time for lunch board the Silver Fern railcar for a journey along spectacular clifftops overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Blueskin Bay. On return to Dunedin's historic Edwardian Railway Station, board the coach for an informative city tour. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross provides stylish inner city accommodation and is the perfect location from which to explore Dunedin. Just a short walk to the Octagon, Railway Station, theatres, shops, and close to Otago University.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Day 9: Dunedin

Grand Pacific 11 Day Festive South Island Tour - Day 9

Dunedin

This morning travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Return to the city for some free time. You might choose to board The Taieri Gorge Limited for a journey through spectacular scenery only accessible by rail (optional).

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross provides stylish inner city accommodation and is the perfect location from which to explore Dunedin. Just a short walk to the Octagon, Railway Station, theatres, shops, and close to Otago University.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Day 10: Dunedin to Christchurch

Grand Pacific 11 Day Festive South Island Tour - Day 10

Dunedin to Christchurch

This morning visit Olveston Historic Home, containing treasures from a bygone era before travelling to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.

Your Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch Airport

Located 2 minutes from the Christchurch International Airport the Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport is just 15 minutes from Christchurch City Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Sudima Christchurch Airport

Day 11: Depart Christchurch

Depart Christchurch

Time to say goodbye.  You will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

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